The 2020 FIFA Club World Cup is one of the last big sporting events this year, and as such – it is highly anticipated by fans around the world.
If you're one of them, then you're probably eager to watch – in this guide I'll be showing you how.
This championship is relatively new and has been around since the year 2000. The current format has existed for about 13 years.
Unfortunately, it has always been in the shadow of the more prestigious FIFA World Cup, which is why you might not find too many places to watch the event.
So if you're ready to watch some of the best club teams from across the world, scroll down to find out how.
What you'll need to watch
The matches will be streamed on the UK's BBC iPlayer, but the bad news is that access is restricted to those in the UK.
If you pop off on a quick holiday overseas, you'll be blocked from watching.
As you may know, geo-restrictions and online censorship are common problems in this day and age. To avoid this, you'll need to use a ‘VPN‘ app which allows you to stream anywhere.
VPN technology is popular these days for online security but also for streaming content from around the world.
A VPN does this by using a set of privacy and security features. If you're only interested in watching sports or accessing overseas Netflix, for example, you don't need to know too much about this.
However, by using these features, you get to stay secure online, which is great if you're accessing the internet in your local coffee shop, for example.
Where to get a VPN?
The next big question you might have is where to get a VPN?
There are hundreds of services available online today, but even so, only a handful of them are actually good.
The bad news is that they are all premium services, but the good news is that you can unblock pretty much anything on the internet and they only cost a couple of quid (or dollars).
Our favourite is ExpressVPN, which is one of the largest VPN services out there.
ExpressVPN offers servers in 94 countries around the world, and it is well-known for its excellent speeds, which are ideal for streaming live sport such as football.
Best of all, it also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, just in case you change your mind – or if you can't get it working for any reason.
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How to stream: Step-by-Step guide
Finally, let's talk about what you actually need to do to gain access to the streams that will allow you to watch the matches in real-time.
The process is effortless and there are only a few steps that you need to take.
Here is what you need to do:
- Choose a VPN you wish to use. I recommend ExpressVPN.
- Go to its website and sign up for an account.
- Enter your payment details and choose a payment plan.
- Pick a device you wish to watch the games on, and download the dedicated app for that device.
- Install the app and log into it.
- Open the list of locations and choose the United Kingdom. Press Connect.
- Visit BBC iPlayer or use their app and enjoy the games.
And, that is pretty much it. The process is quick and easy.
All that is left for you to do is get your favourite drink in the fridge, put your feet up and cheer on your team.
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Who is taking part?
Seven teams will participate in total, including England's Liverpool, Brazil's Flamengo, Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal, Tunis' Esperance de Tunis, Mexico's Monterrey, New Caledonia's Hienghene Sport, and Qatar's Al-Sadd.
This year represents a significant opportunity for every single one of these teams, but especially for Liverpool, since Real Madrid won the Cup four times in the last five years.
Round 1 of the Cup will take place on December 11th, where Al Sadd will face Hienghene Sport. Then, in Round 2 on December 14th, the Match 1 winner will face Monterrey, while AFC winner will fight Es Tunis.
Then, we will have semi-finals on December 17th and 18th, with the final taking place on December 21st.
2019 FIFA Club World Cup is starting in only a few days, and it won't last for long – ending only ten days after the first match.
If you wish to watch the matches live you can do so using the UK's BBC iPlayer.
The best way to do this is by using a VPN app. I recommend using ExpressVPN. Sign up, download their VPN app and connect to the UK.
Then enjoy streaming all the games live on BBC iPlayer.
Get this, or some other VPN that you like today, and prepare for the exciting matches as the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup chooses its victor.